Dr Ruby WHish
Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist
I aim to facilitate a safe and open space in therapy, where individuals feel supported and empowered to make change in their life. Taking time to understand what might have brought someone to therapy, I work with individuals to create a joint understanding of their current difficulties. I use evidence-based approaches that are person-centred and allow me to tailor therapy to an individual’s specific needs and preferences. As well as understanding what might be hard, I pay attention to an individual’s strengths and resilience, and how we can harness this as part of recovery. I understand that eating disorders, and other mental health difficulties such as anxiety, can develop as a way of trying to understand and cope in the world and all of its uncertainty. I draw upon my training to support individuals to develop more healthy coping strategies in order to overcome life’s challenges.
Background and Training
I first studied Psychology at the University of Sussex and was awarded a First Class Honours degree (Psychology BSc), and a Merit in the Foundations of Mental Health and Clinical Psychology (MSc). I then went on to complete my doctoral training at the University of Surrey. This training was focused on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Systemic Family Therapy. I am registered as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Since qualifying as a Charted Clinical Psychologist, I have specialised in working with children and young people with eating disorders, and I currently work within an NHS Eating Disorder service for Children and Young People in London. I have clinical experience supporting young people with Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa. The psychological model I use primarily is Family Therapy for Anorexia Nervosa (FT-AN) and Family Therapy for Bulimia Nervosa (FT-BN). However, I also draw on CBT and DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy) approaches to address both eating difficulties and other difficulties that may be present alongside these, such as anxiety.
Therapeutic Approaches Offered
Primary Therapeutic Approaches: Family Therapy for Anorexia Nervosa (FT-AN), Family Therapy for Bulimia Nervosa (FT-BN), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - Enhanced for Eating Disorders (CBT-E) & Systemic Therapy.
Additional Therapeutic Approaches: Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) & Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)